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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717381/patterns-and-dynamics-of-neutral-lipid-fatty-acids-in-ants-implications-for-ecological-studies
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Félix B Rosumek, Adrian Brückner, Nico Blüthgen, Florian Menzel, Michael Heethoff
BACKGROUND: Trophic interactions are a fundamental aspect of ecosystem functioning, but often difficult to observe directly. Several indirect techniques, such as fatty acid analysis, were developed to assess these interactions. Fatty acid profiles may indicate dietary differences, while individual fatty acids can be used as biomarkers. Ants are among the most important terrestrial animal groups, but little is known about their lipid metabolism, and no study so far used fatty acids to study their trophic ecology...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702067/quantifying-phenotype-environment-matching-in-the-protected-kerry-spotted-slug-mollusca-gastropoda-using-digital-photography-exposure-to-uv-radiation-determines-cryptic-colour-morphs
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Aidan O'Hanlon, Kristina Feeney, Peter Dockery, Michael J Gormally
BACKGROUND: Animal colours and patterns commonly play a role in reducing detection by predators, social signalling or increasing survival in response to some other environmental pressure. Different colour morphs can evolve within populations exposed to different levels of predation or environmental stress and in some cases can arise within the lifetime of an individual as the result of phenotypic plasticity. Skin pigmentation is variable for many terrestrial slugs (Mollusca: Gastropoda), both between and within species...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694839/gene-expression-profiling-of-whole-blood-cells-supports-a-more-efficient-mitochondrial-respiration-in-hypoxia-challenged-gilthead-sea-bream-sparus-aurata
#3
Juan Antonio Martos-Sitcha, Azucena Bermejo-Nogales, Josep Alvar Calduch-Giner, Jaume Pérez-Sánchez
BACKGROUND: Acclimation to abiotic challenges, including decreases in O2 availability, requires physiological and anatomical phenotyping to accommodate the organism to the environmental conditions. The retention of a nucleus and functional mitochondria in mature fish red blood cells makes blood a promising tissue to analyse the transcriptome and metabolic responses of hypoxia-challenged fish in an integrative and non-invasive manner. METHODS: Juvenile gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) were reared at 20-21 °C under normoxic conditions (> 85% O2 saturation) followed by exposure to a gradual decrease in water O2 concentration to 3...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694838/how-animals-distribute-themselves-in-space-variable-energy-landscapes
#4
Juan F Masello, Akiko Kato, Julia Sommerfeld, Thomas Mattern, Petra Quillfeldt
BACKGROUND: Foraging efficiency determines whether animals will be able to raise healthy broods, maintain their own condition, avoid predators and ultimately increase their fitness. Using accelerometers and GPS loggers, features of the habitat and the way animals deal with variable conditions can be translated into energetic costs of movement, which, in turn, can be translated to energy landscapes.We investigated energy landscapes in Gentoo Penguins Pygoscelis papua from two colonies at New Island, Falkland/Malvinas Islands...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680452/vertical-leaping-mechanics-of-the-lesser-egyptian-jerboa-reveal-specialization-for-maneuverability-rather-than-elastic-energy-storage
#5
Talia Y Moore, Alberto M Rivera, Andrew A Biewener
BACKGROUND: Numerous historical descriptions of the Lesser Egyptian jerboa, Jaculus jaculus, a small bipedal mammal with elongate hindlimbs, make special note of their extraordinary leaping ability. We observed jerboa locomotion in a laboratory setting and performed inverse dynamics analysis to understand how this small rodent generates such impressive leaps. We combined kinematic data from video, kinetic data from a force platform, and morphometric data from dissections to calculate the relative contributions of each hindlimb muscle and tendon to the total movement...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649268/muscle-development-in-the-shark-scyliorhinus-canicula-implications-for-the-evolution-of-the-gnathostome-head-and-paired-appendage-musculature
#6
Janine M Ziermann, Renata Freitas, Rui Diogo
BACKGROUND: The origin of jawed vertebrates was marked by profound reconfigurations of the skeleton and muscles of the head and by the acquisition of two sets of paired appendages. Extant cartilaginous fish retained numerous plesiomorphic characters of jawed vertebrates, which include several aspects of their musculature. Therefore, myogenic studies on sharks are essential in yielding clues on the developmental processes involved in the origin of the muscular anatomy. RESULTS: Here we provide a detailed description of the development of specific muscular units integrating the cephalic and appendicular musculature of the shark model, Scyliorhinus canicula...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649267/evidence-for-a-postreproductive-phase-in-female-false-killer-whales-pseudorca-crassidens
#7
Theoni Photopoulou, Ines M Ferreira, Peter B Best, Toshio Kasuya, Helene Marsh
BACKGROUND: A substantial period of life after reproduction ends, known as postreproductive lifespan (PRLS), is at odds with classical life history theory and its causes and mechanisms have puzzled evolutionary biologists for decades. Prolonged PRLS has been confirmed in only two non-human mammals, both odontocete cetaceans in the family Delphinidae. We investigate the evidence for PRLS in a third species, the false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, using a quantitative measure of PRLS and morphological evidence from reproductive tissues...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616058/getting-fat-or-getting-help-how-female-mammals-cope-with-energetic-constraints-on-reproduction
#8
Sandra A Heldstab, Carel P van Schaik, Karin Isler
BACKGROUND: Fat deposits enable a female mammal to bear the energy costs of offspring production and thus greatly influence her reproductive success. However, increasing locomotor costs and reduced agility counterbalance the fitness benefits of storing body fat. In species where costs of reproduction are distributed over other individuals such as fathers or non-breeding group members, reproductive females might therefore benefit from storing less energy in the form of body fat. RESULTS: Using a phylogenetic comparative approach on a sample of 87 mammalian species, and controlling for possible confounding variables, we found that reproductive females of species with allomaternal care exhibit reduced annual variation in body mass (estimated as CV body mass), which is a good proxy for the tendency to store body fat...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559918/geographical-and-temporal-variation-in-environmental-conditions-affects-nestling-growth-but-not-immune-function-in-a-year-round-breeding-equatorial-lark
#9
Henry K Ndithia, Samuel N Bakari, Kevin D Matson, Muchane Muchai, B Irene Tieleman
BACKGROUND: Variation in growth and immune function within and among populations is often associated with specific environmental conditions. We compared growth and immune function in nestlings of year-round breeding equatorial Red-capped Lark Calandrella cinerea from South Kinangop, North Kinangop and Kedong (Kenya), three locations that are geographically close but climatically distinct. In addition, we studied growth and immune function of lark nestlings as a function of year-round variation in breeding intensity and rain within one location...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559917/development-of-the-nervous-system-in-platynereis-dumerilii-nereididae-annelida
#10
Viktor V Starunov, Elena E Voronezhskaya, Leonid P Nezlin
BACKGROUND: The structure and development of the nervous system in Lophotrochozoa has long been recognized as one of the most important subjects for phylogenetic and evolutionary discussion. Many recent papers have presented comprehensive data on the structure and development of catecholaminergic, serotonergic and FMRFamidergic parts of the nervous system. However, relatively few papers contain detailed descriptions of the nervous system in Annelida, one of the largest taxa of Lophotrochozoa...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533810/tc003132-is-essential-for-the-follicle-stem-cell-lineage-in-telotrophic-tribolium-oogenesis
#11
Matthias Teuscher, Nadi Ströhlein, Markus Birkenbach, Dorothea Schultheis, Michael Schoppmeier
BACKGROUND: Stem cells are undifferentiated cells with a potential for self-renewal, which are essential to support normal development and homeostasis. To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying adult stem cell biology and organ evolution, we use the telotrophic ovary of the beetle Tribolium. To this end, we participated in a large-scale RNAi screen in the red flour beetle Tribolium, which identified functions in embryonic and postembryonic development for more than half of the Tribolium genes...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503187/worker-reproduction-of-the-invasive-yellow-crazy-ant-anoplolepis-gracilipes
#12
Ching-Chen Lee, Hirotaka Nakao, Shu-Ping Tseng, Hung-Wei Hsu, Gwo-Li Lin, Jia-Wei Tay, Johan Billen, Fuminori Ito, Chow-Yang Lee, Chung-Chi Lin, Chin-Cheng Scotty Yang
BACKGROUND: Reproductive division of labor is one of the key features of social insects. Queens are adapted for reproduction while workers are adapted for foraging and colony maintenance. In many species, however, workers retain functional ovaries and can lay unfertilized male eggs or trophic eggs. Here we report for the first time on the occurrence of physogastric workers and apparent worker reproduction in the invasive yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes (Fr. Smith). We further examined the reproductive potential and nutritional role of physogastric workers through multidisciplinary approaches including morphological characterization, laboratory manipulation, genetic analysis and behavioral observation...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491118/the-head-morphology-of-pyrrhosoma-nymphula-larvae-odonata-zygoptera-focusing-on-functional-aspects-of-the-mouthparts
#13
Sebastian Büsse, Thomas Hörnschemeyer, Stanislav N Gorb
BACKGROUND: The understanding of concerted movements and its underlying biomechanics is often complex and elusive. Functional principles and hypothetical functions of these complex movements can provide a solid basis for biomechanical experiments and modelling. Here a description of the cephalic anatomy of Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Zygoptera, Coenagrionidae) focusing on functional aspects of the mouthparts using micro computed tomography (μCT) is presented. RESULTS: We compared six different instars of the damselfly P...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428805/edible-dormice-glis-glis-avoid-areas-with-a-high-density-of-their-preferred-food-plant-the-european-beech
#14
Jessica S Cornils, Franz Hoelzl, Birgit Rotter, Claudia Bieber, Thomas Ruf
BACKGROUND: Numerous species, especially among rodents, are strongly affected by the availability of pulsed resources. The intermittent production of large seed crops in northern hemisphere tree species (e.g., beech Fagus spec.,oak Quercus spec., pine trees Pinus spec.) are prime examples of these resource pulses. Adult edible dormice are highly dependent on high energy seeds to maximize their reproductive output. For juvenile dormice the energy rich food is important to grow and fatten in a very short time period prior to hibernation...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428804/morphogenesis-of-honeybee-hypopharyngeal-gland-during-pupal-development
#15
Sascha Peter Klose, Daniel Rolke, Otto Baumann
BACKGROUND: The hypopharyngeal gland of worker bees contributes to the production of the royal jelly fed to queens and larvae. The gland consists of thousands of two-cell units that are composed of a secretory cell and a duct cell and that are arranged in sets of about 12 around a long collecting duct. RESULTS: By fluorescent staining, we have examined the morphogenesis of the hypopharyngeal gland during pupal life, from a saccule lined by a pseudostratified epithelium to the elaborate organ of adult worker bees...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416963/mitochondrial-acclimation-potential-to-ocean-acidification-and-warming-of-polar-cod-boreogadus-saida-and-atlantic-cod-gadus-morhua
#16
Elettra Leo, Kristina L Kunz, Matthias Schmidt, Daniela Storch, Hans-O Pörtner, Felix C Mark
BACKGROUND: Ocean acidification and warming are happening fast in the Arctic but little is known about the effects of ocean acidification and warming on the physiological performance and survival of Arctic fish. RESULTS: In this study we investigated the metabolic background of performance through analyses of cardiac mitochondrial function in response to control and elevated water temperatures and PCO2 of two gadoid fish species, Polar cod (Boreogadus saida), an endemic Arctic species, and Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), which is a temperate to cold eurytherm and currently expanding into Arctic waters in the wake of ocean warming...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413431/asian-house-rats-may-facilitate-their-invasive-success-through-suppressing-brown-rats-in-chronic-interaction
#17
Hong-Ling Guo, Hua-Jing Teng, Jin-Hua Zhang, Jian-Xu Zhang, Yao-Hua Zhang
BACKGROUND: The Asian house rat (Rattus tanezumi) and the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) are closely related species and are partially sympatric in southern China. Over the past 20 years, R. tanezumi has significantly expanded northward in China and partially replaced the native brown rat subspecies, R. n. humiliatus. Although invasive species are often more aggressive than native species, we did not observe interspecific physical aggression between R. tanezumi and R. n. humiliatus. Here, we focused on whether or not R...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344631/a-behavioural-syndrome-but-less-evidence-for-a-relationship-with-cognitive-traits-in-a-spatial-orientation-context
#18
Andrea C Schuster, Uwe Zimmermann, Carina Hauer, Katharina Foerster
BACKGROUND: Animals show consistent individual behavioural differences in many species. Further, behavioural traits (personality traits) form behavioural syndromes, characterised by correlations between different behaviours. Mechanisms maintaining these correlations could be constrained due to underlying relationships with cognitive traits. There is growing evidence for the non-independence of animal personality and general cognitive abilities in animals, but so far, studies on the direction of the relationship between them revealed contradictory results...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344630/flexible-reaction-norms-to-environmental-variables-along-the-migration-route-and-the-significance-of-stopover-duration-for-total-speed-of-migration-in-a-songbird-migrant
#19
Heiko Schmaljohann, Simeon Lisovski, Franz Bairlein
BACKGROUND: Predicting the consequences of continuing anthropogenic changes in the environment for migratory behaviours such as phenology remains a major challenge. Predictions remain particularly difficult, because our knowledge is based on studies from single-snapshot observations at specific stopover sites along birds' migration routes. However, a general understanding on how birds react to prevailing environmental conditions, e.g. their 'phenotypic reaction norm', throughout the annual cycle and along their entire migration routes is required to fully understand how migratory birds respond to rapid environmental change...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331531/an-integrative-systematic-framework-helps-to-reconstruct-skeletal-evolution-of-glass-sponges-porifera-hexactinellida
#20
Martin Dohrmann, Christopher Kelley, Michelle Kelly, Andrzej Pisera, John N A Hooper, Henry M Reiswig
BACKGROUND: Glass sponges (Class Hexactinellida) are important components of deep-sea ecosystems and are of interest from geological and materials science perspectives. The reconstruction of their phylogeny with molecular data has only recently begun and shows a better agreement with morphology-based systematics than is typical for other sponge groups, likely because of a greater number of informative morphological characters. However, inconsistencies remain that have far-reaching implications for hypotheses about the evolution of their major skeletal construction types (body plans)...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
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